Is Alkaline/Ionized Water Better?

8-glasses-of-waterWith billion spent on bottled water in the United States in 2012, you’d never guess that we have (for the most part) safe and clean drinking water. The latest water trend to make waves (pun intended) is alkaline or ionized water. Let’s dive a bit deeper.

Alkaline water has a higher pH than regular tap water. It can be purchased in bottles or created through a process called electrolysis. Some of the home installation systems run upwards of $6,000. Proponents of alkaline water say it helps neutralize acid in the blood, boosts your metabolism, slows down aging and helps your body absorb nutrients more efficiently.

But what are the experts saying?

According to the Mayo Clinic, researchers haven’t verified the claims on alkaline water. Some studies suggest that alkaline water may slow bone loss, but more research is needed to determine if this benefit influences overall mineral density and if this it persists long term. Their verdict is to stick with plain water.

Even if alkaline water isn’t the fountain of youth, the reality is that most of us could benefit greatly from proper hydration. Though most people aim for 8 cups of water a day, current water guidelines are 13 cups per day for men and 9 cups per day for women. If you exercise, you’ll need even more. By staying hydrated, with alkaline water or not, you’ll boost your metabolism, curb hunger and enjoy clearer skin.

And, at the end of the day, water is usually a better option than juices, sports beverages and soft drinks. In that sense, it’s hard to knock alkaline; it’s healthy. It’s just probably not any healthier than the plain alternative.

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  1. Most definitely Alkaline Water is better than slightly acidic. It’s amazing the difference you feel once you’ve been drinking it for not too long at all. I ended up choosing the Nikken Waterfall because it offers more technology than the typical $4,000 systems on the market. If you’re interested, you are welcome to read my recent post about it and ask questions!

  2. William says:

    you claim alkaline water is no better than regular water but that isn’t true. ive tested store bought bottled water and found it to be slightly acidic. acid is not good for the body in large amounts, and most people don’t get even 50% alkaline foods in their diet let alone 70 – 80% alkaline foods. it is well documented that an acidic diet depletes the body of crucial minerals, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and whatever else. 1st it takes it from bones, and than it takes it from muscles and organs, it takes the minerals away to combat the acid in the body. another thing is the body makes fat to absorb acids in order to protect the body. people dont know why they cant lose weight when they exercise and the main reason is they are still eating a disproportionate acidic – alkaline diet. the atkins diet is grossly acidic. the only way atkins diet might be safe is if the dieter drank alkaline water during the day. I started my research on alkaline foods 2 years ago, but a week ago, i started drinking alkaline water, i almost immediately noticed a difference, i was more peaceful, i was focused, i wasnt irritable driving around town like i have always been. my breathing is much easier and smoother. i sleep much better at night. my hunger has gone way down. i’m eating smaller amounts than i usually eat plus i feel more satisfied. I’ve actually lost about 3 pounds in the past 7 days.
    I think before you try to diminish the benefits of alkaline water you should be brave and have some for a day or 2. Walgreens sells alkaline water at an 8,88 pH

  3. Drinking alkaline water helps reduce the burden on the limited alkaline buffers which are needed for the body’s natural detoxification.